Children’s summer programs

We’re ready for a lively summer with weekly activities every Thursday morning at 11:00. This year, we’ll offer a healthy serving of music, along with story hours, nature presentations and more. There is no charge for these programs, and advance registration isn’t needed – just drop in and join the fun! 

June 21  Create art with Michelle Aucello   

June 28    Gardening with Lori Sanders

July 5   Stories, songs & laughs with Luunappi

July 12  Music with John Orpheus 

July 19  Nature fun with SBD park rangers

July 26  Folk Music with Tom Jolin

August 2  Stories & More with Maryellen Paull

August 9 Get rhythm with Drummunity 

August 16  Stories & More with Joanne Beare   

Young readers are also invited to join the Summer Reading Club, earning free books, and a $10 gift certificate to the Cottage Book Shop! Pick up your official reading log at the library.

Glen Lake Film Festival: July 16 – August 6

We’re teaming up once again with the Cottage Book Shop and the Forest Gallery to present some classic films at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. These films are presented free of charge, and will begin at 8:00 pm. Popcorn and drinks will be available, too!

July 16   The  Maltese Falcon

July 23   The Night of the Hunter

July 30   The Great Gatsby

August 6   The Third Man

Writing Workshop for Kids

Author Kit Robey will once again lead a series of creative writing workshops for students in grades 4 to 6, helping aspiring young writers create their own short stories and poems. Students will also write a short play, which will be performed on the last class session. The library will produce a book of the collected writings for all participants. Six sessions will be held, on Fridays mornings from 10:30 to 11:30, beginning June 22 and ending August 3. No class will take place over the week of July 4. There is no charge for the course, but participants are asked to attend all sessions. The course will be limited to eight students, with registration open until the class is filled. To register, contact the library.

Anne Marie Oomen: August 1

Join us for a reading by Empire’s own Anne Marie Oomen, who will share from her latest book The Lake Michigan Mermaid. This beautiful “tale in poems”, co-authored by Linda Nemec Foster, tells the story of a young girl struggling with her rapidly changing life, and the magical connection with an unexpected friend that offers her hope. Set in the familiar environs of the Lake Michigan coast, with evocative illustrations by Meridith Ridl, this charming tale resonates with themes of friendship, redemption, and life-giving water. Anne Marie’s reading will be co-hosted by our partner, the Cottage Book Shop, and will take place at the Empire Township Hall at 7:00 pm.

Tech Help Desk: Wednesday mornings

If you could use some help in learning to make best use of your smartphone or tablet, stop by the library on Wednesday mornings, between 10:00 am and noon, and get personal, one-on-one help from one of our volunteer tech tutors. They’ll be available to help you learn the many tools available on your device: email, text-messaging, camera and photos, clocks and calendars, notes and reminders, apps, and more. Our tutors can also help you learn to download electronic books and media from the library. No appointments or reservations are needed – just bring your device, your questions, and a readiness to learn. Instruction will alternate from week to week, between Apple and Android / Windows devices. Check the schedule on our calendar, or call the library. Please note that our tutors can’t provide technical support for hardware or software issues.

Lakeshore Readers book discussion group

Our resident book group meets here in the library each month, typically on the last Wednesday, to share their insights and observations about the selected title. Their lively meetings are open to the public, with guests always welcome. A list of upcoming selections can be found on our calendar. Please note that the library generally owns only one copy of each selection. Additional copies can be ordered through MelCat or may be purchased from the Cottage Book Shop or other local booksellers.